Crypto Lender Nexo Sues Former Director Over $7.9M Trading Loss: Report

Nexo was locked out of a BitMEX account connected to its former director, resulting in $7.9 million in losses.

AccessTimeIconAug 17, 2022 at 2:41 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 5:45 p.m. UTC

Crypto lender Nexo is taking legal action against its former director, Georgi Shulev, on claims that he failed to keep his side of a settlement agreement, according to Law360.

Nexo asked the U.K. High Court to order Georgi Shulev to transfer nine crypto assets to the company, including bitcoin and ether. That was supposed to be a condition of a settlement agreement under which Shulev would receive $1 million. The lender claims that it has been locked out of trading platform BitMEX during a time when the value in cryptocurrencies declined, resulting in losses of $7.9 million.

The cryptocurrency market endured a significant downturn between November and July, with bitcoin tumbling from $69,000 to $17,500 while ether plunged from $4,850 to $875.

HDR Global, which is the parent company of BitMEX, asked the High Court to determine who owned the account after Shulev left as a director at Nexo in 2019. As a part of the agreement, Shulev and Nexo were supposed to inform HDR once Nexo gained control of the account; Nexo claims that Shulev is now refusing to do this.

For his part, Shulev claims that Nexo breached an agreement to transfer the first of five installment payments to him and as a result he can't inform HDR that the dispute has been resolved.

"Nexo is entitled to and claims damages for the breach," to be converted to U.S. dollars, according to Nexo's claim.

In an email to CoinDesk, Nexo confirmed that it recouped 871.5 bitcoins from the BitMEX account on Aug. 17.

Nexo has been attempting to capitalize on this year's market slump by by acquiring distressed companies such as rival crypto lenders Celsius Network and Vauld, both of which froze withdrawals due to market pressures over the past two months.

UPDATE (Aug 18, 2022, 15:07 UTC): Adds that Nexo has received 871.5BTC payment and amends the story's subhead.


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